Integrative and Functional Healthcare, Acupuncture,
Chinese Medicine, QiGong & Nutrition in Santa Monica, California

serving the Community since 1994 

Lauren Howard, LAc
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald, DAOM, LAc, CCN

Welcome to Santa Monica Wellness Center! We’ve been assisting our patients on their healing journeys since 1994. It has been an honor that so many patients have allowed us to partner with them as they seek to improve their health and vitality. Some patients come to us in a crisis, such as those in pain, those with a chronic health condition who are seeking a more integrative approach, and those who simply are overwhelmed with the stresses of life and are looking for more balance. Other come to us who are looking to increase their vitality and well being and simply enhance their healthy lifestyles. No matter where you are on your journey, we look forward to supporting you in co-creating a joyful, vibrant, healthy (and fun) life!

At the Santa Monica Wellness Center, our intention is to empower our patients and the community to realize their fullest potential, providing the highest quality Integrative Health Care, delivered with respect, integrity, and compassion. We inspire, educate and provide opportunities to create and sustain abundant health, while enlightening awareness to the infinite healing power of the human body, mind, and spirit. More about us…


TCM and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a form of depression that affects people all throughout the world. Most commonly experienced during fall and winter months, the symptoms of SAD include depression, hypersomnia, lethargy, difficulty concentrating, negative thoughts and decreased social interaction. Higher levels of anxiety are experienced at the end of the summer season as those

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Walnuts and Your Brain

Many people like to add walnuts to food to add some zest and a little crunchy kick, but walnuts are much more than a flavor additive, as they are chock full of healthy properties and have been used in Asia as an overall health tonic and brain booster for years. Let’s take a nutty look at walnuts.    

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The Shen Mind Connection

Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at things differently and while it may be a little confusing, there is usually some common ground that can be found upon examination and explanation. One such area is the idea of the mind. The mind in Traditional Chinese Medicine is commonly referred to as the shen.

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